Charlotte was born in Los Angeles and resided in Baldwin Park, California, until the early 1970s, when she moved to Fresno. In Fresno she attended Fresno City College and the Fresno School of Court Reporting, receiving her associate degree in court reporting. She moved to Visalia in 1975. After working as a court reporter in the Tulare County Superior Court and later the United States District Court, Eastern District of California, Charlotte decided to change careers and enrolled in law school, receiving her Juris Doctorate degree, cum laude, in 1984. As an attorney she worked with what became the law firm of Wilson, Altschule & Wittig for approximately 14 years. In 1998 she left the law firm to serve the Tulare County Superior Court as a subordinate judicial officer, where she remained until 2012. During her time with the Tulare County Superior Court Charlotte served in the Juvenile Division, where she presided primarily over cases involving abused and neglected children. She is the former chair of the Tulare County Blue Ribbon Commission on Children in Foster Care, and founder of the Access to Higher Education event, an annual event held to encourage high school-aged foster youth to graduate from high school and pursue higher education. In 2012 she joined the law firm of Williams, Brodersen, Pritchett & Burke LLP where she practices primarily in the areas of business and estate planning.
Charlotte lives in Visalia with her daughter. She enjoys traveling and attending equestrian events with her daughter. She also enjoys reading and the friendships made through her participation in the Visalia Sunset Rotary, service on the Boys and Girls Clubs of Tulare County Board of Directors, and a local book club. Charlotte has provided years of service on various city and non-profit boards through the years, including the Creative Center and American Red Cross.